ATMs in Wajir town in northeast Kenya do not distribute Kenyan Shillings, but fresh pints of camel milk. Customers who insert 100 Kenyan shillings get one litre of the fresh camel milk. Demand is booming, as camel milk is supposed to healthier and more nutritious than cow’s milk.
The supply chain of the camel milk used to be vulnerable, as high air temperatures and lacking hygiene could spoil the milk within hours. To improve the product and its business opportunities, 50 women in a village near the herds were supplied with fridges. Cooled vans transport 500 litres of milk on a daily base to Wajir village, 80 kilometres further. Women milk traders have received a training on business skills and are now operating vending machines. The money they earn is reinvested in their business ventures, like buying and selling goats.
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